There are many fast, easy, convenient, and affordable ways to get to San Francisco International Airport, as well as to downtown San Francisco from SFO.
San Francisco Airport Shuttle
One of the most famous ways to get to the city from SFO is San Francisco Airport Shuttle or SuperShuttle. Once you have arrived at SFO and collected your baggage at the Baggage claim center, you need to follow signs for Shared Ride Van (do not follow signs for the shuttle). You can find Center Island from Terminal 1 if you exit door 15 and use the cross-walk to your left. Shared Van Ride boarding will be to your right. From Terminal 2, you need to use exit door 1, from Terminal 3 – use exit door 4, and from International Terminal A & G boarding areas – use exit door four and take a cross-walk to the Center Island. It is possible to book tickets online from the shuttle website beforehand for stress-free travel, or the tickets can be purchased at the airport. The website to purchase your tickets is: https://www.supershuttle.com/locations/sanfrancisco-sfo/
BART – short for Bay Area Rapid Transit - is also a convenient way to get to the city from SFO. It is a rapid rail that connects San Francisco international airport to San Mateo Country, city of San Francisco and the East Bay. Schedules, maps, and fares can be found on their website https://www.bart.govwhich also allows you to book your trip beforehand. The BART station is located at SFO’s International Terminal, and it is a few minutes’ walk from terminal 1 and 3. If you prefer, you can also take SFO’s free AirTrain from all terminals to get to BART Station. You can get your ticket from one of the ticket vending machines at the station — children under four ride for free. The ride takes around 45-60 minutes, and the usual ticket price is determined at $8.65.
Caltrain is a commuter rail serving San Francisco International Airport that connects you to the city and nearby areas. First, you need to take BART to Millbrae and then transfer. Booking can be made online on the website or Caltain’s mobile app.
Samtrans provides easy and convenient bus routes to and from SFO and connects it to the city of San Francisco and Palo Alto. The buses are newly renovated and compatible for people with special needs. You can book the ride online on http://www.samtrans.com
If you prefer a taxi ride, you can head up to specially designated areas for taxis outside the airport that will accept fares for any distance ride within San Francisco Bay Area. Fares can be anywhere from $35 and up to get to downtown San Francisco.
If you have already booked a hotel near SFO before leaving or arriving in San Francisco, make sure to check if they offer any shuttle services, free or paid, for easy transportation. Usually, they do!